Questions tagged [precipitation]

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Why is it that every snowflake is unique?

It's pretty hard to believe in around 4.5 billion years of this planet's existence, no snowflake pattern was repeated, and that's not including potential earth-like planets. Is there a proof to the ...
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Saturation of multiple solutes

Can a liquid which is saturated with a single solute, dissolve a different solute, or is saturation a universal thing? I ask because I’ve seen that different solutes have different points (amounts) at ...
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Why exactly does precipitation occur?

In a solution, we have ions floating around but when we have a precipitate, they're arranged as they would be in a solid. This conversion should cause a decrement in the entropy of the system and ...
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Aluminium sulphate solubility as function of the pH

earlier I asked about how to know the aluminium sulfate solubility as function of the ph (see the previous question here). I found this diagram on the page 57 of Rubin, A. J., & Hayden, P. L. (...
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Why are transition metal hydroxides insoluble?

From what I understand, adding $\ce{NaOH}$ to a solution containing transition metal ions gives transition metal hydroxide precipitates. Why is $\ce{NaOH}$ soluble but transition metal hydroxides ...
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Precipitation of citric acid by CaCl2 and Ca(OH)2? [closed]

I need to precipitate citric acid from an aqueous solution in the form of calcium citrate. There are, to my knowledge, two different methods of doing this: using $\ce{CaCl2}$ and which will react ...
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Reaction of citric acid and calcium chloride

I was planning to extract citric acid from lemon juice by reacting the lemon juice with calcium chloride hoping it would react to form calcium citrate and precipitate according to the reaction $$\ce{...
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What chemicals could be added to human urine to cause harmful chemicals to precipite out?

What chemicals could be added to human urine to render it drinkable with no harmful side effects? Urine is salty and contains other dissolved solids. Thus, drinking untreated urine would result in ...